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[#] Tue Jul 26 2011 11:04:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well, there are so many people that read the magazine "for the articles" right?

If I remember correctly, the programs they air are the equivalent of films with an "R" rating, so you're not going to see a lot of super-hardcore pr0n.

So I guess it's important that the closed captioning is working properly, so everyone can follow along with the important and engaging storyline.

[#] Tue Jul 26 2011 15:37:33 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Somewhat ironically, the caption file for the second program was bad... they had set the 'start time' at 01:00:00:00 when it should have been 00:00:00:00.
So it didn't play out. But, that's not my fault.

[#] Wed Jul 27 2011 11:01:14 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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after two weeks of troubleshooting with our IT department, we figured out the problem with my computer wasn't my computer at all.

It was the power strip that my computer was plugged into that was causing problems...

heh, go figure.

Stephen D King

[#] Wed Jul 27 2011 17:34:56 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Those pesky power strips...

[#] Thu Jul 28 2011 07:46:04 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I would have welcomed a power strip problem instead of what happened to me.
On Friday evening I turned off my computer, which I never do, thinking that we need to save every watt we can because of the extreme heat and the extra load if we had to run our generators over the weekend.
On Monday, computer go poof when I turned it back on.

So while fleeb is sitting around watching Playboy I'm trying to scrounge up a new computer.

[#] Fri Jul 29 2011 06:25:59 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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so lesson learned, don't turn off your machine in general.

[#] Fri Jul 29 2011 06:26:09 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Got up at 5am for a 5am release that hasn't started yet.

[#] Fri Jul 29 2011 07:07:44 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Here at the institute for engineering psychology, our printer was jammed. But I was told that they switched it off, because they didnt find any paper in it yesterday. So I restart it and the 9" b/w display tells me that there is a paper jam in the slot on the back of the printer, together with an animation how to turn the printer around, and open the exact place. (This is the most idiot proof solution suggestion I ever saw. And since the printer is on a little table with wheels, turning it around is totally possible.) Which I did... and I found paper... which I removed and all was good again...

Only because it is Sysadminday today and people really did thank me on their knees, I will be kind and won't apply the LART.

Lesson learned here: Printers need arms, they are already smarter than their users, so they should be able to fix themselves. And being able to poke troublesome users would be a benefit for their sanity.

[#] Tue Aug 02 2011 12:09:09 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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so lesson learned, don't turn off your machine in general.

I normally don't. And unfortunately this was a typical instance of do a good deed, get kicked in the teeth for it. :(

[#] Tue Aug 02 2011 12:37:07 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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so, turns out the problem with my computer at work wasn't *just* the power strip... there's something wrong with the graphics or memory or power supply. not 24 hours after i posted my relief in this room, it happened again, but in an even worse way.


back to the drawing board...

Stephen D King

[#] Wed Aug 03 2011 14:45:33 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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If it makes you feel any better, spac, my work laptop is being replaced on component at a time.  Suspect next in line is the fan.


[#] Thu Aug 04 2011 09:44:43 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Lesson learned here: Printers need arms, they are already smarter
than their users, so they should be able to fix themselves. And being
able to poke troublesome users would be a benefit for their sanity.

This falls in the category of the car that calls for help by itself when it breaks.
Seems to me, a little more energy could be put into paper not jamming in the first place
We can build precision instruments measured in nanometers, but we can't build a printer that won't jam paper?

[#] Thu Aug 04 2011 16:54:45 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Of course we can build a printer that never jams. Nobody has done so, for the obvious reasons:

1. It would end up costing a lot of money

2. People tend not to replace perfect products == less revenue for the manufacturers

[#] Fri Aug 05 2011 10:34:45 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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The jamming returned and this time was worse, I had to rip out the paper from the front this time... and found pieces of the seal that was on the toner cartridge. Those seals are usually marked in big red letters "Remove before usage"...

[#] Fri Aug 05 2011 17:03:22 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Perhaps it would be more cost effective to design a better hu-man.

[#] Thu Aug 11 2011 00:36:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Not happening. We are currently de-evolving.

[#] Thu Aug 11 2011 11:30:04 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Mark and Jerry were right about the human race devolving.

[#] Fri Aug 12 2011 13:24:44 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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This reply makes me want Chunky Monkey ice cream.

[#] Fri Aug 12 2011 17:18:17 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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We had a fairly important test today with a Canadian television network.

Not only were they testing our hardware/software, they were testing two different captioning companies to see how well the whole system would work for his needs.

The test involved a full hour of captioning their noon news broadcast.

So, we have five people connected to our box, streaming a/v to me, an observer with each captioning company, and a writer with each captioning company. No problems... we're sending a/v to all five locations without so much as a hiccup.

Everything went very well throughout the whole test. No problems at all.

Towards the end of the hour, their commercial segments got longer. At one point, one of the observers from a captioning company wrote in our chat line:

"Sure are a lot of commercials."

to which I replied:

"Yeah, shows they're American."

[#] Mon Aug 15 2011 11:14:17 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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At the risk of seeming like I am bragging, lately, I've been amazed at what I can do.

Lately, I find myself writing DirectShow filters. I don't need to do the really amazing stuff where you modify video, or compress it, or whatever... I just need to mux audio/video/meta-data into a single stream, and send it over a network. There are other tools that can mux some of this stuff, but the meta-data gets kind of funny, so that's the real difference here.

Well, I have been working on a muxer (already got the network thing down), and I struggled with it for a while last week... but then, I wasn't giving it my full attention, because of other needs. So, Friday, when I finishedup for the day, I wondered how I would ever get this thing to work.

Today, I figured it out, and it seems to work like a champ.

I'm having a lot of these experiences, where I don't know how I'm going to manage to do such-and-so, but then I figure it out.

It's like discovering that you aren't really stupid after all.

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